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Table of Contents

Vagina Monologues

A Negative Exposure

A Dangerous Age

Dissing Disability Queens

POTUS Priorities

Hat Trick

The Chastity Beltway

Burn in Helms

CALL TO ACTION

Exchange Suit

Piece of Pie

Mama Bear

Naked Eye

Rock Steady

Hip-Hop Hope

The Viral Lode

Rent Checked

D.I.Y. Thoreau

Shingles Scene

The Brits Are Revolting

U.K./U.S. Orals

Chronic Fatigue

Pulp Friction

Snapshots: Rebekka Armstrong

Mailbox

Butt Out

Wart's Up?



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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October 2001

Burn in Helms

by Staff

In retirement
Sen. Jesse Helms
1973-2003

"I've never met Helms, but since he's put so much energy into making my life difficult, I think I have the right to hate him. I wish I had the right to kill him. I don't think I'm clever enough to escape so I have to be prepared to spend the rest of my life in jail: Sick enough to not have much to lose, strong enough to ensure my success. If I'm blind from CMV, I'd have a hard time getting him in the line of sight. Maybe wiring myself to a bomb would make more sense. But then I wouldn't be around to watch the aftermath. HIV is a terrorist's bomb lurking in my body, and I never know when it's going to blow something up. And Jesse Helms is the one who keeps trying to light the fuse."

-- Stephen Gendin in "Jesse Helms Must Die," POZ, November 1996. The good news is that Helms -- the historic hater who legislates as if AIDS were the wrath of God -- won't run for re-election in 2003. The bad news? Liddy Dole, first lady and prez wanna-be, may fill his stormtrooper boots. Her AIDS record as ex-head of the American Red Cross would make the ailing Big Tobacco senator drool -- she folded to Christers rather than revise antigay donation rules. Plus, she's healthy as a hog.




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